AIHA Governance

2019 AIHA In-Person Board Meetings

  • ​​February 22-24, Charlotte, SC

  • May 20-22, Minneapolis, MN (at AIHce EXP)
  • July 19-21, Atlanta, GA Tysons Corner, VA
  • November 13-15, Fa​lls Church, VA​ (prior to Leadership Workshop)

​For more information, please contact Lawrence Sloan, CAE​.

Special Ballot for Bylaws Amendments Approved

We are pleased to report that 91 percent of voting members approved the AIHA Bylaws changes. Changes included modifications recommended by AIHA’s legal counsel to reflect current Illinois nonprofit law (AIHA is an Illinois corporation) and relegating certain details to policies. A listing of all updated policies can be found here​.

Updates to Membership categories

A major change to the bylaws was the consolidation of membership categories, which was approved by 87 percent of voting members. The approved categories are Full (which now includes the former Associate and Affiliate), Student, Emeritus, Honorary, International, and Organizational.  The main goal is to allow more individuals to participate in our organization. A more diverse membership will serve not only our members but the overall occupational health community as well as the workers and public we serve. 

Because some members will move to a different category of membership—for example, those who joined at the Associate and Affiliate rates are now Full members—the Board decided to forego a scheduled dues increase. Dues for 2019 will remain the same as they were in 2018.

Future Bylaws Considerations for Change

AIHA currently has contested elections for all open Board positions. Numerous sources, such as the American Society of Association Executives, indicate that many nonprofit organizations similar to AIHA have switched to an uncontested slate for their ballots. The most important reason for using an uncontested slate is the difficulty in finding experienced and qualified individuals to be placed on the ballot. In recent years, we have had to plead with people to stand for election, especially for vice president. Excellent candidates who were not elected in the past are reluctant to be on the ballot again. Some individuals are not comfortable competing against their friends or colleagues. The net result is that we lose valuable leaders. 

This year, the Board considered proposing that AIHA change from a contested ballot for officers (treasurer, secretary, and vice president) to an uncontested slate. However, some members voiced concerns that the Board would have too much control and select candidates who may not act in the best interest of our association. In response, the Board decided not to pursue this bylaws change, but we did change the nominating process based on comments received from our members. Previously, the members of the Nominating Committee were chosen by the chair. Under the new process, AIHA has opened up the committee to more members at large. This process provides members an opportunity to participate in selecting candidates. Hopefully, a transparent process will eliminate concerns about inappropriate Board control.

2018 Board of Directors Election Results

The following persons were elected by the membership to serve on the 2018 AIHA Board of​ Directors :

  • Vice President: J. Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA​

  • Secretary-Elect: Dina Siegel, CIH, CSP, CBSP, FAIHA

  • Director: Pamela Kostle, MS, CIH, FAIHA

  • Director: Michael Ochs, MPA, CIH, CSP​


Interested in Joining the Board?​​ (Members-Only Access)

Board Policies (Members-On​ly Access)​​

​​​​​​​​Board Meeti​ng Minutes

Members  should contact the Executive Office​ to access previously approved Board minutes.

AIHA Code of Conduct Acknowledgement

This document outlines the Code of Conduct for all members and volunteers of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and summarizes the behavior expected of members and volunteers representing AIHA in any forum, mailing list, public meetings or private correspondence.​​​​